Practical resources – July 2015

Latest CofE podcast

The weekly CofE podcast is always worth a listen for a round up of that week’s activity. This week there’s reflections from Paula Gooder and John Kiddle on their time at General Synod and an interview with Bishop Stephen Cottrell about the need for the Church to be more representative of a multi-cultural society and more. Listen here.

Stephen’s blog

Bishop’s Chaplain Stephen Lynas once more blogged intelligently and witty about proceedings at General Synod this month. If you want a summary of the ‘best bits’ head to his blog at Bath Wells Chap.

Celebrate Harvest with Self Help Africa

Self Help Africa, a Shropshire-based charity that helps families in rural Africa to feed themselves, is offering a free Harvest Resources Pack which includes a poster, a talk, prayers, stories from Africa and activities for all ages.

To order your free pack and any extra materials, please call Jo Darlington on 01743 277170 or email her.

From July, you can download resources directly from the Self Help Africa website

Self Help Africa can also arrange for one of their Church Ambassadors to come and speak to your church during your Harvest service or at another time to suit you. They book up quickly so call or email as soon as possible to secure a speaker for your church.

Further Harvest Resources can be found in the Resources for Ministry section.

Go and make disciples

DiscipleKit is a brand new website from CPAS that reviews discipleship materials, with the aim of providing you with the information that you need about discipleship resources to decide which are right for your church and groups.

With over 130 resources on the site already with more to come, there’s everything that could help you to strengthen the way in which you make disciples, from online course manuals to DVDs and everything in between.

There’s the chance to have your say as well: you can leave your own reviews of products and see comments from other users of the site. You can even create a shortlist of materials that you like the look of, so you can compare them at any time.

Once you have found a resource there’s a link to be able to buy the materials there and then.

New Barnabas for Children resources

Barnabas for Children has recently published books that provide skills and ideas for the areas that clergy and church leaders may be involved in.

Help! It’s the All-Age Slot and The No-Rehearsal Nativity bring fresh ideas to services, whilst Walking in Their Shadow equips leaders who are supporting a bereaved young person.

Help! It’s the All-Age Slot: 52 instant talk outlines for church services
The No-Rehearsal Nativity : a church nativity resource with a difference
Walking in Their Shadow : supporting children and young people through bereavement

New Table Talk resources

Table Talk is a conversational game that is used by many churches and Christians across the UK to engage in conversation with their friends. There are now three new Table Talk packs available.

  • Table Talk for third agers is an ideal resource for those connecting with the actively retired.
  • Table Talk for women explores six themes and is a brilliant resource for a girls’ night in.
  • Table Talk for friends (2nd edition)New topics and questions is great for when you are gathering your friends together, as a tool to stimulate conversations.

Information about all of these resources is available at the Table Talk website.

Ability Sunday resources

This year’s Ability Sunday falls on 13th September. It’s a chance to celebrate the crucial part that people with learning disabilities play in the life of the church.

Ability Sunday can help you and your church:

  • Respond to Bible text on what it means to be created in the image of God
  • Focus on people with learning disabilities living in the local community in a family home or in residential care
  • Enable families and carers to support people with learning disabilities in following their Christian faith
  • Engage practically and creatively with issues that make your church difficult to access
  • Equip your church for a new area of mission!

Visit the Ability Sunday website to find out more and access resources.

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